“I love the beautiful surroundings in St. George and SunRiver.”
For years, St. George was a stop along the way for Tori McLanahan as she traveled between Wyoming and California. “I always thought St. George was such a neat place,” she said. “It’s beautiful. It’s right before you get out to the desert in Las Vegas, and as you come into it, it’s just gorgeous. I always thought this would be a perfect place to live, but it didn’t happen until our friends actually moved here and invited us down.”
Tori and her friend Carol regularly golfed together in Wyoming.
Then Carol and her husband moved to SunRiver. After Carol moved, she invited Tori to visit. Tori accepted Carol’s invitation, and combined seeing Carol with the opportunity to ride in that year’s St. George Women’s Bike Tour.
Carol shared the lifestyle at SunRiver and the sites around southern Utah with Tori, and the bike tour showed her the joys of year-round biking and desert bike trails.
“Here in St. George we have a year-round quality lifestyle,” Tori said. “We aren’t cold weather people, and in Wyoming there were five or six months each year we’d be stuck inside.”
Between Carol’s tour and the bike trails, Tori was ready to change from the wind and snow of Wyoming to year-round sunshine, biking and tennis. “I brought my husband down a couple of months later and he fell in love with it. The lot next door to Carol’s house became available. So we built right next door to our best friends.”
Tori and Andy have been living at SunRiver for two years now.
“What I like about SunRiver is the lifestyle,” Tori said. “You move in, and it’s almost like being back at college where you have something to do all the time with a bunch of friends. Every single day you can wake up and figure out what you want to do. You’re never stagnant. Before we even got our house built we were going down to the dog park, and that opened doors up to people who were hiking and biking. One friend leads to another friend, and it just blossoms from there.”
Tori and Andy enjoy having time together now that they’re retired. The clubs and groups at SunRiver have opened doors to new activities, and being retired gives them ample time to play. “Our activity level has skyrocketed,” Tori said. “When we sleep at nighttime, we sleep well because we’re exhausted. “
What does Tori like best about retirement?
“I get to spend more time doing the things I want to do, whether it’s volunteering or doing fun things, or even cooking on my own time. I love it. I get to spend a lot of quality time with my husband, and doing what we want to do. We have a lot of good quality life here. Retiring to SunRiver is the best decision we’ve ever made.”
Written by: Jon Thompson